BUFFALO, NY JUVENILE DEFENSE ATTORNEY ANDREW S. TRAVIS
If your teenager has been charged with a crime, it is imperative that you hire an accomplished lawyer who is experienced in the complex rules and procedures related to juvenile offenses. Attorney Travis will guide you through the process regardless of whether your child is being tried as a juvenile offender in family court or as an adult in Supreme Court. Your child’s future is a matter of great priority. The outcome of your teen’s case can depend significantly on the attorney you choose. Trust Travis.
According to New York State Law, a child who commits a crime between the ages of 7 to 16 can face trial in a juvenile delinquency proceeding in family court with no jury, under a judge who decides guilt or innocence. However, a minor over the age of 13 can be tried as an adult for more serious and violent offenses, for example murder, assault or robbery. Usually a judge will not grant bail before trial, so a juvenile arrest can turn into months in jail.
CONSEQUENCES OF A JUVENILE CONVICTION
After trial, a juvenile may spend five years or more incarcerated in a secured facility, receiving forced psychiatric medication and having little access to the outside world. Lesser sentences may include probation, Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal, conditional discharge, or placement with the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. A juvenile crime affects everything from school to family. Beyond the short-term penalties, a teen can face difficulties with an criminal conviction on the record when applying for college or employment.
Call Attorney Andrew S. Travis for a Free Consultation to guard your child from the serious repercussions of a criminal conviction. He will aggressively defend your juvenile and together embark on the road to recovery from the mistake. The ultimate goal in every case is to obtain the most favorable outcome possible, including dismissal, acquittal or alternative options to minimize the damage of a juvenile offense. Call (716) 800-1529. Trust Travis. You’ll be glad you did.